St. Francis Brooklyn attracts big-time recruits to new program

At least two all-state recruits will be on St. Francis Brooklyn’s inaugural roster when the program officially begins in 2020.

St. Francis Brooklyn coach Andy Mueller announced that high school seniors Andrew Piloto, Tim Walsh and David Vorfi have all signed national letters of Intent to play for the newest NCAA Division I men’s volleyball program.

Piloto, a 6-foot-3 setter from Ontario, California, was captain of his high school team and made the First-Team All-CIF last season. He also was named the conference’s most valuable player as he helped his high school reach the state tournament quarterfinals.

Walsh, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Southington, Connecticut, was an all-state selection during his junior season and has twice earned first-team all-conference honors. With his club team, Walsh made the All-Tournament Team at the most recent USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Vorfi, a 6-foot-4 opposite from New York City, is the first in-state player to commit the Terriers. In addition, Vorfi plays one of the top club volleyball teams in the New York City area.

St. Francis Brooklyn was one of two schools this summer that announced it would start a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball program in 2020.

The private college is located in Brooklyn Heights and has an enrollment of 2,642 students.

St. Francis Brooklyn is a member of the Northeast Conference, which does not sponsor men’s volleyball. Other NEC schools with men’s volleyball programs — St. Francis (Pennsylvania) and Sacred Heart — compete in the EIVA.